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Education

  • High school Teacher of the Year

        When she went to college, Ameka Cruz thought she was headed for a career in business or accounting—possibly even computer science.

        But since 2001 she’s found herself in the classroom, now as a mathematics teacher at Jefferson Forest High School. On Thursday, Cruz learned she had been named as                  the  Bedford  County  High School Teacher of the Year.

  • SRMS teacher named Bedford County's best

        After the birth of her son, Mason, Dina Linkenhoker was set to return to the workforce in a business-oriented career.

        But fate had a different answer.
        A friend casually suggested she try substitute teaching. Linkenhoker did—and she loved it. “I thought, ‘I just really want to do this forever,’” she said. “It took off from there.”

  • Elementary Teacher of the Year

        Vicky Putt believes she was picked to be a teacher as a child.
        “I started doing teaching kinds of things as a little girl,” Putt said. “I can’t imagine doing anything else. It’s what I was meant to do.”

  • Thaxton wins national recognition

    Thaxton Elementary School’s N.E.E.D. Team has won first place, nationally, for elementary school level N.E.E.D. programs. According to the N.E.E.D. Web site at www.need.org, it all began with  joint congressional resolution that established National Energy Education Day 30 years ago. It grew into an effort to bring comprehensive energy education to American classrooms.

  • Bus trip gone bad leads school division to look at charter use

    A recent Liberty High School band bus trip to Orlando, Fla., might lead the school division to begin studying charter bus companies and their track records, allowing only a select few to be used for future trips.

  • Donation brings archery program to local schools

        A donation by the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) has made it possible to add archery to the physical education program at Moneta Elementary School and Staunton River Middle School.

  • Liberty teacher honored for work with students

        Liberty High School teacher Jeff Steele had the opportunity in graduate school to learn the virtues of education while serving as a teaching assistant.

  • Harrison honored at assembly

    Exxon Mobil has a vested interest in making sure America’s youth are well vested in math and science, according to Bob Ball, the company’s external affairs manager for the southeastern part of the United States. A local student helped put a face on that effort last month.

        “We hire a lot of scientists, mathematicians and engineers,” Ball commented at an assembly at Liberty High School last week.

  • What changed Thursday in the school budget?

    By  a 6-2 vote, the Bedford County School Board approved an amended 2011-2012 Budget Thursday, following a $1.1 million funding reduction from Bedford County.

        Areas where the board agreed to reduce funding included:
        • More than $760,000 moved from the Maintenance Project Fund;
        • $250,000 cut from the Title 1 program;
        • $200,000 cut from the Blended Learning program;

  • Bedford Primary School to remain open

    In a surprising turn of events, the Bedford County School Board voted Thursday to keep Bedford Primary School open. The school will house pre-school, kindergarten and first grade next year with only the second grade moving to Bedford Elementary School.

        Controversy has surrounded the school budget ever since the School Board proposed closing the school early this year. The School Board and Superintendent Dr. Douglas Schuch have been at odds with the County Board of Supervisors, parents of students at BPS and even, at times, with each other.